SuSE Updates Desktop Linux

HANOVER, GERMANY -- Linux users seeking higher performance from their open-source operating system may be interested in two new products from Novell, which acquired German vendor SuSE Linux in November. The two products, SuSE Linux 9.1 Personal and SuSE Linux 9.1 Professional, are based on the 2.6 kernel and include the latest GNOME (GNU Object Model Environment) 2.4.2 and KDE (K Desktop Environment) 3.2.1 desktop interfaces, Novell announced this week at the Cebit trade show here.

The professional version, targeted at Linux users requiring network or server functionality, runs on 32-bit processors as well as the Athlon 64-bit processors from Advanced Micro Devices and Intel's extended memory 64-bit technology, according to Novell. The product will be available in English on May 6 at SuSE's Web site and from bookstores and software suppliers. For $89.96, customers receive five CDs and two double-sided DVDs (one for 32-bit processors, the other for 64-bit processors), containing more than 2500 open-source packages.

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